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Chico, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chico rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Chico peaked in March 2010 at 14.1% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Chico unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
California 4.2% 0.0 -0.7
Chico 4.8% +0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Chico, California, National

Chico, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Chico, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Chico peaked in November 2010 at 14,431. There are now 9,480 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,729 in March 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 222. Chico employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chico, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Chico 4,951 +142 -1,096

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chico, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.8% 4,951
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.7% 4,809
March
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.6% 4,729
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.9% 4,996
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.8% 4,939
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.1% 5,298
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.2% 5,392
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.4% 5,545
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 5.6% 5,763
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 5.7% 5,884
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.7% 5,827

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.